A Level Courses

Music Technology

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Sixth Form
  • Qualification

    A Level Courses
  • Subject

    Music
  • Schedule

    Timetable Dependant (Day)
  • Duration

    72 Weeks
  • Age

    16-18

Course Fees

No fees

Entry requirements

English Language and Maths grade 5. Audition to establish music performance and/or production skills. All Level 3 subjects require a minimum of five grade 4 GCSEs in total.

Topics

In this course you will learn about many aspects of music production, learning practical techniques of how to produce music as well as some of the fundamental theories behind the technologies used. You will be taught how to use the recording equipment in the college music studio, sequencing techniques and how to use Logic Pro software to edit, mix and master audio. The skills will be taught through a series of workshops throughout the course.

You will:

  • Learn how to create multi-track recordings in the music studio, recording your fellow classmates to make high quality productions.
  • Learn MIDI sequencing and music composition techniques and various ways to use technology creatively within the composition process
  • Study commercial recordings and music technology production techniques and how they have changed over the years
  • Learn practical music technology skills - how to use editing, mixing and production techniques in real world scenarios.

Music Technology combines well with Maths, Physics, ICT/Computing, Media Studies and other arts and technology subjects. Music and Music Technology may be studied as separate courses. The study of music technology offers a wide range of transferable skills that will promote broader opportunities for students taking this subject.

A Level Music Technology focuses on studio recording techniques together with creative arranging and composing, making use of computer software. You should have a strong interest in 20th Century popular music and an aptitude for both music and IT. Music Technology involves a large volume of practical coursework, encouraging you to cultivate many skills. You’ll have opportunities to sequence MIDI and audio, record live instruments, and produce professional quality mixdowns of your work. Music Technology can be an excellent option for students who seek an alternative to A Level Music.
  • Assessment Criteria

    20% Recording (coursework completed in 2nd year), 20% Technology based composition (coursework completed in 2nd year), 25% Listening and Analysing exam at end of course, 35% Producing and Analysing exam at end of course.

Further information

A Level Music Technology is a highly regarded subject by universities and employers alike. It can be a useful course to progress on to other Arts, Technology and Media courses at university, and can ultimately lead to a range of exciting career options, including becoming a professional musician, a sound technician, music therapist, teacher, or private tutor. Jobs that are less directly related to Music Technology, but where a Music or other degree could be very valuable, include work in radio, theatre and events management.

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